Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a pallid complexion.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "Her complexion is pallid.”)
Something pallid is pale and looks sickly. Abstractly, something pallid has no sparkle, no strength, and no liveliness.
How to use it:
For the concrete meaning, talk about a pallid face or complexion, a pallid landscape or sky, pallid skin, pallid features, a pallid statue, and so on.
For the abstract meaning, talk about a pallid character, a pallid musician or song, a pallid performance, a pallid book or movie, a pallid economy, a pallid graduation speech, a pallid employee training video, a pallid view of the future, pallid motivation or pallid inspiration, etc.
After travelling for about 20 hours, I arrived home with slumped shoulders and a pallid face.
I only finished reading this pallid novel because I was determined to get to the end and see if the characters got what they deserved. They didn't.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "pallid” means when you can explain it without saying “colorless" or “dull."
Think of an amazing experience you had, and fill in the blanks: "When _____, suddenly even _____ seemed pallid in comparison."
Example: "When I first drove the scenic route to Onomea Bay, through the dense tropical jungle and over tiny bridges spanning bubbling creeks and waterfalls, suddenly even the colorful town streets of Hilo seemed pallid in comparison."
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1. One opposite of PALLID is
2. It's a shame how the old episodes of the most _____ 80s cartoons, The Care Bears and Rainbow Brite, now appear pallid on the screen.
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